DOJ appeals judge's approval of AT&T-Time Warner deal

Justice Department Appeals AT&T-Time Warner Merger Decision

On June 15, AT&T officially completed its purchase of Time Warner following months of debating the acquisition in court. The potential ramifications here are huge and involve several entities, not to mention the precedent it could set.

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed to appeal a federal judge's decision to approve AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner. It said it was "surprised" by the government's decision and "ready to defend the court's decision".

Some legal experts believe it would be hard for the government to convince an appeals court to overturn Judge Leon's ruling.

The appeal won't change anything at AT&T while the district court's ruling remains in effect, but comes as an unwelcome distraction for the company, where executives were eager to plunge into the high-profile world of show business. The deal joined one of the country's biggest telecom providers with a media powerhouse that owns the Warner Bros. movie studio and DC Comics, as well as the cable-TV networks CNN, HBO, TBS and TNT. We aren't sure how they'll argue their case this time, but the judge who ruled in favor of AT&T certainly didn't go soft on the Justice Department's previous strategy. The closing came swiftly after the Justice Department signaled it wouldn't ask the court to postpone the merger while it pondered an appeal of the judge's decision.

Donald Trump said he opposed the deal prior to his election as United States president, while consumer groups have also voiced concerns over a concentration of power.

Owe our success to good genes, says Dejan Lovren
In the early part of the 2017/2018 season, the 29-year-old Croat also admitted to taking painkillers to get through some games. Croatia are set to appear in the World Cup Final for the first time ever. "This is something we will never forget".

U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon hadn't imposed any conditions on the deal, meaning AT&T wouldn't be required to divest of any of Time-Warner's properties, and at the time urged the Justice Department not to seek a stay.

"I think the Department of Justice believes this is a really important case that will influence the legal standard for analyzing vertical mergers in the 21st century", she said.

AT&T has already raised the price of DirecTV Now to $40 a month, up from $35, following price increases from other streaming services.

In addition, AT&T Communications will have no say in setting Turner's prices or other terms in contracts with companies that distribute its content.

A judge approved the deal last month after almost two years of effort by the two companies.

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